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Sunday, November 5, 2000 -- Bethesda, MD
11th Annual Whitewater Triathlon
Story and photos contributed by Chris Norbury

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Finishing the Tri with a paddle on Little Falls
November 5th saw the 11th Annual Whitewater Triathlon in Bethesda, MD, organized by the Bethesda Center of Excellence, home of some of the best kayakers and canoeists in the US. The 16 mile course was composed of a 4 mile run on the towpath of the C&O Canal, an 8 mile bike along historic MacArthur Blvd and a 4 mile paddle down Class III Little Falls on the Potomac, finishing inside DC. Competitors travelled from as far away as Chicago and Memphis to compete. Despite low water conditions on the river, and a strong headwind that hindered the bikers, every enjoyed themselves,and the Blues Bash afterwards.

Fastest time of the day went to the team of Kirk Dietsch, Chris Norbury and Heinz Roethenmund. Ahead from the beginning they eventually led by almost seven minutes from the winner of the individual class, US National Wildwater Champion Andrew McEwan. Winners of the mixed class were Marsh, Marsh and Herrman, with Hank Herrman coming through strongly in the paddle to take the honors. In the juniors Andrew Waxman in a wavehopper passed Will Seeley in his C1 to take first place, whilst junior Maria Kallman produced a storming bike ride and paddle to win ahead of US slalom team member Megan Stalheim.

Many thanks to Steve and Annie Lebeau, and Heinz Roethenmund for all the time they put in, as well as the sponsors (especially Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Chicken Out Rotisserie, Immersion Research, Patagonia and Chaco's) for their generous donations.